Protests Break Out in University of Nairobi Over MP Babu Owino

  • University of Nairobi (UoN) students from the Parklands, Nairobi, campus on Saturday launched week-long protests demanding the immediate release of Embakasi Member of Parliament (MP) Babu Owino.

    Led by their student leaders, the School of Law students lit bonfires on the roads leading up to the campus entrance and chanted slogans associated with the Embakasi legislator.

    The students claimed that the police were not warranted to arrest the former UoN student who previously served as the Student Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU) chairman.

    "We only have one rule here, a comrade is never wrong. Babu Owino is not wrong and the government is just testing us to see what we can do.

    [caption caption="File image of MP Babu Owino with UoN students"][/caption]

    "From today to Friday or the day when Babu will be released we will not quit our protests," SONU Chairman Jamal Shah told reporters.

     When pressed to explain how the protests would be organised and a planned march to the Parklands Police Station, the Chairman attacked the KTN News reporter.

    "What do you mean going to...we are peacefully demonstrating in front of the campus, on our road. You know the problem with media personalities is they have been brainwashed, like you. You are the one going to tell people out there that comrades are not peaceful," the Chairman attacked.

    Babu was arrested on Friday by flying squad officers on assault charges and was taken to the Parklands Police Station where he was locked up.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MP revealed that he had been questioned over a recent incident in Westlands where he allegedly assaulted a parking attendant.

    "They want to damage my image because they see me as a threat to becoming the Nairobi Governor in 2022," he recently told Kenyans.co.ke on the phone.

    [caption caption="File image of MP Babu Owino with Siaya Senator James Orengo"][/caption]